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Lemont's Kim Jerantowski (left) and Romeoville's Angelica Osusky battle for the ball during their regional basketball game in Lemont Wednesday, February 13, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Romeoville’s Abby Smith doesn’t shy away from it.
The senior guard can be a tad bit streaky with her jump shot.
“It comes and goes,” Smith said with a smile. “There are good nights and nights where I think, ‘Okay, no shooting, Abby.’ Today, I just felt good.”
With the Spartans struggling from the floor as a team Wednesday, Smith picked a perfect time to get on a hot streak from the field, finishing with 12 points in Romeoville’s 52-35 win over host Lemont in a 4A regional semifinal.
Kiera Currie (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Brianna Harris (13 points, nine rebounds) contributed for Romeoville (26-3) who will play Plainfield East, 68-34 winners over West Aurora, Friday at 7:30 for the regional title. It will be the fourth meeting between the schools, Romeoville winning the last two.
The Spartans shot just 10-of-35 from the field in the first half with Smith (five rebounds, four steals) picking up the slack, hitting one three-pointer in the first and two more in the second.
“Lemont was keying in on Kiera so we were focusing on hitting from outside,” Smith said. “That first one goes in, and your confidence goes up a little bit. That swish sound makes every shooter happy.”
Smith’s last three-pointer put Romeoville up 24-9 early in the second as the Spartans took a 29-14 lead into the half.
Romeoville finished 18-of-56 from the field with 11 turnovers.
“We advanced, and that’s what we wanted, but it wasn’t pretty,” Smith said. “We had a lot of turnovers, so hopefully we got them all out of our system now.”
Courtney Toth (12 points, nine rebounds) and Kelsey Motto (six points, four rebounds) paced Lemont (14-14). Motto was playing in just her third game back since dislocating her right knee in early December.
“I wanted to come back, but I didn’t want to rush it either,” Motto said. “I planned on coming back for senior night, and I did, but I wish the outcome was better today.”